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Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including Senator Jeff Flake ralling Monday night in New Hampshire for the return of civility and compromise in American politics; a record number of Californians have registered to vote ahead of the November midterms in which they’ll pick a new governor, a U.S. Senator and decide a host of hotly contested congressional races; in a new court filing, BuzzFeed explains in detail for the first time how it came to publish the so-called “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele; voicing alarm at expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, Justice Neil Gorsuch says the federal law appears to give prosecutors too much power; a federal judge advances a class action accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of falsely advertising its food as made from only non-GMO ingredients; a new international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while American allies want the U.S. to remain the world’s top superpower, and more.

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National

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during an appearance at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

1.) Closely watched for his pivotal role in the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Jeff Flake rallied Monday night in New Hampshire for the return of civility and compromise in American politics.

Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie fills out his ballot at his polling place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) Faced with picking a new governor, a U.S. Senator and deciding a host of hotly contested congressional races and propositions, a record number of Californians are registered to vote ahead of the November midterms.

The BuzzFeed website is displayed on an iPad held by an Associated Press staffer in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press)

3.) In a new court filing, BuzzFeed not only explains how it plans to defend itself in an ongoing libel suit, but also explains in detail for the first time how it came to publish the so-called “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

In this April 23, 2018 file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)

4.) The fate of an Alabama man who murdered a police officer 33 years ago – but can no longer remember the crime or understand why he received the death penalty – was weighed by justices of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks during a civics program showcase at the 2017 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in San Francisco, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)
5.) Voicing alarm at expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, Justice Neil Gorsuch said Monday at Supreme Court oral arguments that the federal law appears to give prosecutors too much power.

Regional

Dewayne Johnson claims Monsanto has known for decades that Roundup is carcinogenic but didn’t disclose it for fear of disrupting its multi-billion dollar global business.

6.) Calling Monsanto’s efforts to hide the alleged carcinogenicity of its Roundup weed killer “reprehensible,” attorneys for a school groundskeeper dying of cancer urged a San Francisco judge late Monday to keep intact a $289 million jury verdict for their client.

7.)  Reconsidering his previous dismissal, a federal judge has decided to advance a class action accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of falsely advertising its food as made from only non-GMO ingredients.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority tokens in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

8.) Defending a no-politics policy that took effect after an openly anti-Muslim group beat it in court, a lawyer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority testified Monday that the agency was justified in blocking advertising about racial disparities in mortgage lending.

Research & Polls

9.) A new international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that while American allies want the U.S. to remain the world’s top superpower, confidence in American global leadership has fallen significantly under the Trump administration.

Chapulines (crickets) for sale at the Benito Juarez Market in Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. (NSaum75 via Wikipedia)

10.) With six legs, antennae and wings, insects are not the first thing people think of when looking for a protein alternative. But new research indicates bugs may be an easier sell when they’re priced and presented as a luxury food.

International

11.) Stealing a phone may not be a particularly serious crime, but the European Court of Justice concluded Tuesday that gathering certain telecom data about the thief likewise is not too serious a breach of privacy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

12.) The leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a linchpin in Europe’s politics for the past 13 years, is on shaky ground in the run-up to state and party elections.

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